(3/23/2014)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. Godofredo Castro - 92.8
2. Thiago Santos - 92.8
3. Rony Mariano Bezerra - 92.6
4. Jussier da Silva - 92.3
5. C.B. Dollaway - 92.2
6. Kenny Robertson - 91.6
7. Dan Henderson - 91.3
8. Fabio Maldonado - 91.0
9. Noad Lahat - 90.2
10. Mauricio Rua - 89.8
UFC Fight Night 38: Shogun vs. Henderson 2
Location: Rio Grande Do Norte, Brazil
Elevation: 100'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Godofredo Castro vs. Noad Lahat
90.8
Fighters & Matches 89.0
Top 10 Fighters 91.7
TOTAL 90.4
90.8
KO
(Flying Knee)
2:39
     BAM! You don't see many flying knees, but when you do, you're normally half a second away from getting knocked the fuck out. Both of these guys looked ready to go, Lahat showed some crisp striking, Castro looked like a wild man, eventually Castro launched himself through the air, Lahat was going to block Castro's right leg, but Castro's left knee came flying into position halfway through the launch, and knocked Lahat the fuck out. Awesome fight to start the show!
86.2
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Eh, I have no idea who won this fight. Stringer probably won the first round, Barroso won the second round, and the third round was close. I didn't really like this fight at all, I couldn't care less about either fighter, so this was basically just a 15 minute intermission between the other fast paced fights on this card. Stringer officialy won via split-decision though. Sort of odd, considering the fight was in Brazil, I figured the judges would give it to Barroso for that reason.
89.4
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
1:45
      This was a good fight, Robertson landed a head kick that cut open Thiago's eye, Thiago shot for a takedown, and took the fight to the ground, Robertson escaped with some slick defense, ended up on top, beat the shit out of Thiago for a minute or so, with elbows from the full mount, and eventually locked on the rear-naked choke for the submission victory. Good win for Kenny Robertson.
89.8
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
3:07
      Man, I feel bad for Jorgensen. This was a fast paced fight, both guys looked really energetic, there was an accidental headbutt, Jorgensen flipped backwards, Silva jumped on him like a rabid animal, locked on a rear-naked choke, and forced Jorgensen to submit. Really impressive win for Silva, and this makes 3 losses in a row (I think?) for Jorgensen, so that sucks, considering he was at one point one of the top contenders in the division.
89.5
TKO
(Kick to the Body & Punches)
0:53
      Wow, this was a huge upset. Ronny Markes weighed in 4 pounds over the limit, so it was kind of funny watching Santos destroy him. He kicked him in the stomach, Markes collapsed, Santos dropped a bunch of hammerfists, while Markes just laid on the ground, curled up in a ball. Pretty great win for Thiago Santos, the biggest underdog on the card.
89.8
TKO
(Punches)
1:17
      Well, this was an interesting fight. Steven Siler is a really good fighter, and tends to impress me quite often, but Rony Jason threw some hard punches, knocked Siler loopy, Siler literally wobbled around like he lost all control over his legs, he collapsed, BUT, immediately was defending himself with upkicks, and the referee stopped the fight. So, technically, this was an early stoppage. BUT, Rony looked really solid, and looked like he was well on his way to a victory regardless.
86.7
Decision
15:00
      Yikes... Three scorecards, that were all 30-25 in favor of Michel? That's rough scoring for Mairbek. I agree though, he at least won the first & third rounds, I would have given the second round to Mairbek, but he lost a point for grabbing the cage. He also almost got disqualified for grabbing the cage to defend a takedown in the third round as well. So yeah, Michel clearly deserved to win this fight, but I don't think either guy really looked all that exciting or anything.
89.6
Decision
15:00
      Wow, that was rough! Villante controlled the first round by taking Maldonado to the ground, and controlling the entire round with his wrestling. The second round looked like it'd be more of the same, and Villante landed some brutal knees against the cage, cutting Maldonado pretty badly, leaving a mask of blood on his face. From that point forward though, Maldonado destroyed Villante for the next round & a half, by outboxing Villante, which secured him the unanimous decision victory. Great comeback for Maldonado.
87.8
Draw
(Majority)
15:00
      Well, draws always suck. I personally gave this fight to Norman Parke, but the referee took a point because apparently he held onto the shorts of Santos at some point. I was watching, and didn't see anything that looked all that questionable, so as far as MY scorecard is concerned, I refuse to take that point from him. So yeah, in my books, Norman Parke won this fight, even though one judge gave it to Santos, and the other two declared it a draw.
90.2
KO
(Punches)
0:39
      BANG BANG! These guys both came out swinging, Ferreira threw a nice kick towards Dollaway's head, and after they got up against the cage for a second, Dollaway launched a hook that knocked Ferreira to the ground, Dollaway jumped on him, unleashed some brutal ground & pound, and the referee stopped the fight. Great win for Dollaway against a guy that was climbing the ranks pretty quickly at 185.
89.6
TKO
(Punches)
11:31
      Well, this fight was ok, but it wasn't quite as legendary as their previous fight against each other. Shogun won the first two rounds I think, Henderson mostly just looked old and tired. The third round didn't look much different, until Henderson got the clinch, landed a big right hand, knocked Shogun loopy, and he followed it up with hammerfists to end the fight via TKO. Good win for Henderson, but I have to be honest, I don't see myself getting very excited about either of these guys fighting anyone again in the future.
OVERALL 90.4
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